Talented developers in New Zealand continue to prove to the gaming industry that they have what it takes to make wicked, inventive titles. Eyemobi, an emerging independent studio based in Auckland, found inspiration in old-school survival classics like Resident Evil and Silent Hill which helped stimulate the artistic force to create Phantasmal: City of Darkness. This first-person PC game was the product of a dedicated group looking for a specific type of horror game and not finding it — so they decided to build one on their own!
Phantasmal: City of Darkness definitely aims to entertain fans of the survival horror genre with an intricate, randomly generated world, infinite re-playability (guaranteeing no two experiences will be the same), and direct combat with menacing creatures.
The setting takes place in the infamous Kowloon Walled City (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kowloon_Walled_City) in the 90s, before its destruction.
The player must navigate through intense environments in order to solve the great mystery of what happened to the ill-fated city without suffering the effects of ghastly hallucinations caused by hideous enemies. While the atmosphere carries strong influence from H.P Lovecraft, it’s not just about confronting creepy monsters as much as it is about tackling one’s sanity and surviving.
“A great horror game is one where you never know what’s coming next. By procedurally generating the levels, creatures and pickups and then updating it on the fly to suit players’ differing abilities we’ve created a constant ‘edge of your seat’ experience that is never the same twice,” said Eyemobi Team Lead Joe Chang.
Phantasmal: City of Darkness has been featured by the world’s most popular YouTube personality, PewDiePie, and took first prize in the New Zealand Game Developer Association’s KiwiGameStarter competition. Dave Brevik, creator of the classic Diablo action role-playing series, was one of the judges of the award.
Expect a different breed of practical horror with completely randomized stages of gameplay, improvised weapons, stealth mechanics, and more.
Phantasmal: City of Darkness Key Features:
–Infinite Replayability: Every room and corridor in Phantasmal is uniquely generated with infinite possibilities. No level will EVER be constructed the same!
–Don’t Go Insane: Battling the creatures of Phantasmal will slowly erode the player character’s sanity, diminishing mental and physical states and forcing the player to deal with a fate worse than death.
–Tread Softly: Fighting is meant to be reserved as a last resort in Phantasmal. Sneak past enemies as much as possible, as each action taken will have consequences!
–Carry a Big Stick: When all else fails, players must defend themselves with anything they can find or rip from the walls. There are some firearms to be found, but making too much noise will be a fatal mistake.
–Light, Both an Ally and Enemy: Every asset to survivability has a price. Use light sources wisely, as even a torch can be a liability.
Phantasmal: City of Darkness is available now for PC on Steam Early Access for $14.99 USD. A full release is planned towards the end of 2015 with versions for Mac, Oculus Rift and consoles in the pipeline.